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Hynes, Quinn campaigns spar over comments

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[September 04, 2009]  CHICAGO (AP) -- There's a flap in the Democratic race for governor over support for a progressive state income tax that would increase the burden on the rich.

HardwareIllinois Comptroller Dan Hynes' campaign demanded Friday that Gov. Pat Quinn explain or apologize for saying Hynes had previously opposed a progressive income tax.

Quinn's campaign shot back with a 2003 newspaper story that said Hynes opposed a proposed state constitutional amendment to tax the rich more. Quinn, then lieutenant governor, was behind the amendment.

Hynes was running for the Senate then, and the Kane County Chronicle quoted Hynes as saying he "wouldn't advocate a tax increase.''

Hynes formally entered the governor's race Wednesday by proposing a progressive income tax.

Hynes campaign spokesman Matt McGrath had called it "patently false'' for Quinn to suggest that Hynes had changed his position.

[Associated Press]

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